Monday, 10 June 2013

the planet has diabetes

The trouble with climate-change denial people is the underlying premise to their arguments that it's "ok" to continue to spew untold amounts of fossil fuels into the atmosphere, to continue to pillage and destroy the pristine forests of the planet like they're bowling pins, and to use the earth's magnificent oceans as some perpetual plastic-dumping tank.  Sure, climate is "always changing" and some parts of the planet are "getting colder" and the planet "hasn't significantly heated since 1998" and all the rest of it.  Ok.  Weather patterns are always in flux.  They've been noticeably out of whack over the past few years and becoming increasingly so, but no bother.  

And if even it's the ...'straight-line stuff in the sky coming out of airplanes'... that's causing the weather disruptions, and not the deluge of atmospheric carbon-dioxide or methane, is it still an excuse to continue to rape and denude the planet of its resources and pristine wilderness?  Is it "ok" to accept  climate-change to be a hoax, to give us some undeserved excuse to continue rampaging the planet with ceaseless Industrialisation and Capitalism, to continue creating environmental horrors planet-wide?  I don't care if climate-change theory is a hoax.  The reality, of what we know and what we see, is far, far worse, and remains a shameful indictment on the progressive human race all of us are immersed in.

Is it "ok" to accept that the past five-hundred or so years of rapid westernisation has spawned untold miseries on countless people the planet over?

It's all too logical to me.  The planet has diabetes.  The earth's blood sugar levels are exceeding the safety zone.   We've stuffed too much rubbish food into the confines of its delicate atmosphere and life-given oceans.  We're killing off the planet's beta-cells (the lungs of the planet are also its pancreas).  The result of this atmospheric and topographical assault has led to diabetes.  We witness incredible thirst (drought) slaked by terrifying deluges of storm and rain.   The extreme weather patterns we continue to witness and to take unwilling involvement with are the effects of diabetic neuropathy.  Pressure systems are inflating like baking bread.  How long will it be from now when the planet goes blind or loses limbs, or goes on dialysis? 

It's a cosmic shame really, but we fucking deserve it. 

Paul Hewson shooting star

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